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Global apparel markets: business update, 1st quarter 2015

Global apparel markets: business update, 1st quarter 2015

This report provides information, analysis and valuable insight on developments relating to the global apparel industry in the following categories: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; corporate social responsibility (CSR); discontinued brands; events; financial results; joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution; markets; and new stores. Companies, other organisations, individuals, brands and events featured in this report include Abercrombie & Fitch, Asos, Athleta, Ben Sherman, Children Worldwide Fashion (CWF), Comfort Colors, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Gap, Gildan Activewear, H&M (Hennes & Mauritz), HanesBrands, Inditex, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, JC Penney, Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Spade & Company, Kering, Knights Apparel, Lemaire, Levi Strauss & Co, Marks & Spencer (M&S), Oxford Industries, Perry Ellis International, Piperlime, TJX Companies, Uniqlo, Walton Brown and Worn Again.


  • SUMMARY
  • ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
    • Gildan Activewear has acquired Comfort Colors
    • HanesBrands has acquired Knights Apparel
    • Oxford Industries will divest its Ben Sherman brand
  • CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)
    • H&M and Kering will partner with Worn Again to commercialise a new textile recycling process
    • Inditex will no longer sell garments which incorporate angora fibres
  • DISCONTINUED BRANDS
    • Gap has discontinued its Piperlime brand
  • EVENTS
    • Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics took place during March 18-20, 2015
  • FINANCIAL RESULTS
    • Abercrombie & Fitch: net sales down in the fourth quarter and the whole of 2014/15
    • Fourth quarter 2014/15
    • 2014/15
    • Outlook
    • Asos: total group revenues up in the second quarter and the first half of 2014/15
    • Second quarter 2014/15
    • First half of 2014/15
    • Outlook
    • Gap: total net sales up in the fourth quarter and the whole of 2014/15
    • Fourth quarter 2014/15
    • 2014/15
    • Gildan Activewear: net sales down in the quarter ending January 4, 2015
    • Outlook
    • H&M: net sales and gross profit up in the fourth quarter of 2013/14, the whole of 2013/14 and the first quarter of 2014/15
    • Fourth quarter 2013/14
    • 2013/14
    • First quarter 2014/15
    • Outlook
    • Inditex: net sales up by 8% in 2014/15
    • New stores and investments
    • JC Penney: total sales up in the fourth quarter and the whole of 2014/15
    • Fourth quarter 2014/15
    • 2014/15
    • Levi Strauss & Co: net sales up in the fourth quarter and the whole of 2013/14
    • Fourth quarter 2013/14
    • 2013/14
    • Outlook
    • Marks & Spencer (M&S): sales up by 2.7% in the fourth quarter of 2014/15
    • Perry Ellis International: total revenues down by 2.4% in 2014/15
    • Fourth quarter 2014/15
    • 2014/15
    • Outlook
    • TJX Companies: net sales up in 2014/15
    • Fourth quarter 2014/15
    • 2014/15
    • Outlook
  • INVESTMENTS
    • Marks & Spencer (M&S) will invest in its operations in China, Hong Kong and Macau during 2015
  • JOINT VENTURES, COOPERATION, LICENSING AND DISTRIBUTION
    • Athleta is collaborating with Derek Lam 10 Crosby in the development of a new athleisure apparel collection
    • Karl Lagerfeld has entered into a licensing agreement with Children Worldwide Fashion (CWF)
    • Kate Spade & Company and Walton Brown have formed a joint venture to expand the presence of the kate spade new york brand in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan
    • Perry Ellis International has announced several new licensing agreements
    • Uniqlo and Lemaire will collaborate in the development of a collection of men's and women's apparel
  • MARKETS
    • EU clothing imports were up in value and volume in 2014
    • US clothing imports were up in value and in volume in 2014
  • NEW STORES
    • H&M has opened its first store in Taiwan
    • Uniqlo will open two flagship stores in Canada

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